First Round of Semifinalists on Celebrate 2015 Tour Announced

June 11, 2015

5:04 pm

Throughout the history of Tech Cocktail events, hundreds of startups are counted among those who can say they met their cofounder, their investors, their developers, or they got their first press mention by pitching at their local showcase mixer event. That’s why we visit so many cities every year to help startups get recognition and resources. And now, we’ve added more ways for startups to compete and get noticed.

Today, we are thrilled to officially announce the Celebrate Startup of the Year Competition and Tour! Tech Cocktail (a Tech.Co production) has visited Memphis, Dallas, Pittsburgh, and dozens of other cities to host regional startup competitions and mixers, and now, we are also offering online startup competitions to allow online readers to pick their favorite startups. All of this is an effort to find the world’s most innovative startups and bring them to Tech.Co’s Startup of the Year Competition at Celebrate 2015.

2015 Startup of the Year Competition


After winning Best Pitch, Reader’s Choice, or Online Poll competitions, each startup qualifies as a semifinalist on the Celebrate Tour and is invited to pitch at the Startup of the Year Competition.


Announcing the first round of startups that have qualified to pitch at Celebrate 2015 in Las Vegas October 4-6:

From Denver, CO: Qualifying as the Best Pitch winner at the SXSW startup showcase, Prima-Temp has revolutionized continuous core body temperature sensing, with platform technologies to solve many healthcare challenges.

From Miami, FL: Qualifying as the Reader’s Choice winner at SXSW, YouRoam allows you to accept calls to your original number with no roaming charges.

From Santa Barbara, CA: The Runner Up Winner at SXSW 2015 was Mobile Therapy, which offers smartphone driven data collection for behavioral health clients between office visits or therapy sessions.

From Little Rock, AR: Qualifying as the Reader’s Choice winner in Little Rock, bfonics enables businesses of all sizes to leverage ibeacon technology for proximity-based marketing.

From Little Rock, AR: Qualifying as the Best Pitch winner in Little Rock, PBX offers a combination of a supplemental tag plus mobile platform opens a direct line of communication between the lost luggage and the airport or airline carrier.

From Tampa Bay, FL: The Reader’s Choice winner at the Tampa Bay mixer and competition was ViralStyle, a startup that lets users create and sell custom apparel entirely for free.

From Tampa Bay, FL: The Best Pitch winner in Tampa Bay was CitySleekers, a mobile, waterless, eco-friendly car cleaning company.

In Philadelphia, PA: Qualifying as the Reader’s Choice winner at the showcase event held during Philly Tech WeekROARforGood is developing self-defense wearable technology that diminishes attacks against women and address the underlying sources of violence.

In Philadelphia, PA: The winner of the Best Pitch competition at the Philadelphia showcase event was Bestimators, providing the easiest way to allow contractors to compete to provide home improvement projects for consumers.

From Dallas, TX: Qualifying as the Reader’s Choice winner in Dallas, HedgeChatter provides data sets that offer real-time significant and actionable market intelligence for investors and trading firms.

From Dallas, TX: Qualifying as the Best Pitch at the Dallas Startup Competition, HipPocket creates a private social network for Realtors to share listings and information.

From Pittsburgh, PA: Qualifying as the Best Pitch as the Pittsburgh community gathered for the event, Seekahoo is a location-based app for home improvement businesses to connect with homeowners recommended by their friends, family and social network.

From Pittsburgh, PA: Qualifying in the Reader’s Choice poll in Pittsburgh, StreamMe is a fully location-based, no checkins app for streaming.

From Pittsburgh, PA: Also qualifying in the Reader’s Choice poll in Pittsburgh, Srvd is a mobile drink ordering and payment platform which allows targeted marketing and promotions.

In Memphis, TN: During the BBQ Fest in Memphis, the celebrations included a Tech Cocktail pitch competition where the Reader’s Choice winner was Ncrease, a social media analytics firm that specializes in helping brands understand their customer segments.

In Memphis, TN: Qualifying in Memphis for the Best Pitch award, Gemphones are jewelry earphones and the perfect balance between fashion and tech.

In Memphis, TN: Also qualifying in Memphis for the Best Pitch award, 6Figure is an online curator that empowers women by dressing them for their specific career.

In Boston, MA: Qualifying in Boston as the Reader’s Choice winner, zakipoint health helps you improve your overall healthcare spend by providing clear, actionable recommendations for managing your overall healthcare spend.

In Boston, MA: Qualifying in Boston as the Best Pitch winner, CallRed monitors your devices and networks for speed issues, security problems, and errors and gets the problems solved.

From Washington, DC: Qualifying in DC as the Reader’s Choice winner, True Made Foods is a company dedicated to making it easy for people to eat well.

From Washington, DC: Qualifying in DC as the Best Pitch winner, Javazen is a company looking to promote health in the coffee industry.

Follow the Celebrate Startup Tour news on Tech.Co as we announce each new Startup of the Year competition, Reader’s Choice polls, and winners throughout the year! Meanwhile, read more about the Celebrate 2015 conference and startup competition, and stay tuned for more speakers, startups, and prizes to be shared.

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Previously the Managing Editor at Tech.Co, Ann Diab has a background of launching and nurturing of startups and tech companies. Empowering and educating entrepreneurs and startups to better productivity and culture is her passion. Growth Manager at WorkingOn to enable folks all over the world to enjoy work and improve communication. Follow me on Twitter.

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